In this Nov. 1, 2012, photo, Irmine Celestine stands on the stoop of her nephew's home, with his gerbils, in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island, New York, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. After his home was deemed unsafe by inspectors, Celestine agreed to take the gerbils until her nephew could find a more permanent place to stay. Superstorm Sandy drove New York and New Jersey residents from their homes, destroyed belongings and forced them to find shelter for themselves _ and for their pets, said owners, who recounted tales of a dog swimming through flooded streets and extra food left behind for a tarantula no one was willing to take in. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Pets rescued in storm
When Superstorm Sandy hit, many had to evacuate from the floodwaters with the cutest of cargo: their pets.